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Learning Scientists’ Greatest Hits

Learning Scientists’ Greatest Hits

In celebration of our 500th post (wow!) and 5 years as the Learning Scientists, we decided to reminisce on some of our blog highlights. Cindy went through all of our old blogs and, in true data nerd fashion, created a spreadsheet listing the number of times each blog post has been shared. From that, she…
Can You Avoid Burnout?

Can You Avoid Burnout?

By Althea Need KaminskeIt’s January 2021! A new year and a fresh start. Given the general stress last year between the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and the switch online learning in order to avoid exposure to COVID-19, I think it’s safe to assume that most of us were feeling pretty burned out by the end of…
THANK YOU to our 2020 Community!

THANK YOU to our 2020 Community!

Happy (American) Thanksgiving! This is Cindy writing, and as an American I’m devoting this post to you and how thankful we are to have you as an engaged member of our community.This has been a very unusual, difficult year for so many of us (Learning Scientists included). This year has included so much stress, so…
Retrieval Mapping

Retrieval Mapping

While concept mapping is popular, some research has shown that creating concept maps, when students have the material in front of them, is not as effective as retrieval practice (1). Other scholars have noted that it takes time to teach students to make concept maps in order for their use to be effective at enhancing…
VLOG: How To Take Notes In Class – A Video for Students

VLOG: How To Take Notes In Class – A Video for Students

For further reading on note taking, check out some of our previous posts:How Should Students Take Notes?Factors of Effective Note-Taking: Application of Cognitive Load TheoryIf you would like to read some of the research that was mentioned in the video, then check out these articles:Jansen, R. S., Lakens, D., & IJsselsteijn, W. A. (2017). An…
Teaching APA Style: 7th Edition Template Papers

Teaching APA Style: 7th Edition Template Papers

Note, APA now has two separate title page formats: one for students and one for professionals. These templates reflect the format for students. For professional papers, a running head needs to be added (though the first page does not need to say “Running head” anymore… thank goodness!) as well as an author note.When creating the…
Can We Boost Elaboration with Retrieval Practice?

Can We Boost Elaboration with Retrieval Practice?

The other interesting thing they did was changing up the conditions of retrieval practice. Some students took an open-book test, where they literally had the text sitting in front of them while they answered the questions. Some took a closed-book test (no text available), but some were in a closed/open switch task. Essentially, students could…
Moving Towards Online Teaching: A Reflection

Moving Towards Online Teaching: A Reflection

By Carolina Kuepper-TetzelWith online teaching becoming a reality for many educational institutions in the coming semester/year due to COVID-19, the questions are what the key challenges in education will be and how to overcome them. An obvious challenge is the transformation of teaching material and delivery to accommodate the online format. However, in today’s post…
Multitasking and Selective Attention

Multitasking and Selective Attention

by Althea Need KaminskeWhen I got married, I had no idea that my husband would become my office mate. COVID19 has affected our lives in a number of ways, one of them being that we now both work from home in the same home office. For most of my career I’ve been lucky enough to…
Warming up the Room: Icebreakers and Cold-Calling to Increase Partcipation

Warming up the Room: Icebreakers and Cold-Calling to Increase Partcipation

by Althea Need KaminskeAs school is starting this fall, teachers and students are participating in a time honored first day of class ritual: the awkward icebreaker. While students might think they’re a bit cheesy, icebreakers serve several very important roles in class and are an excellent way to start a class. An obvious reason to use…

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